This past Saturday I raced the MSC Lakeside sprint triathlon. This is my fourth race in the MSC series this year. What was cool about this race was that the top three points leaders in the series were all present: Andrew Bolton, Cody Beals and myself. What made it even cooler was that any one of us were in contention to win the overall series.
Before the race I calculated every possible scenario, and the point totals that would result. For instance: I get 3rd which is worth 80 points, and Cody gets 1st with the fastest swim, bike and run which is worth 130 points. I had 350 points going into the race, so that would give me 430 points. Cody had 320 points going into the race, so that would give him 450 and he would win the series. Long story short, I came to the conclusion that in order to secure a win for the overall series I would have to win the race and have the fastest run. This would give me 110 points and a series total of 460.
I intended on getting to the race over an hour before the gun. Unfortunately, my planning skills are terrible and I ended up getting there 40 minutes before the gun. I still had to put my bike together, get my race kit and set up transition. Needless to say, I was really stressed out. I can’t say this is the first time this has happened. It’s actually happened at probably 50% of the races I’ve done this year. It’s something I’m working on!! But, this is the closest I have ever cut it. 5 minutes until the gun and I wasn’t even in my wetsuit yet. Oh well, I enjoy a good challenge.
With about 3 minutes to the gun I hopped in the water, took about 20 strokes out and then 20 strokes back to shore. It wasn’t the best warmup I’ve ever had, but it was going to have to do. A few minutes later the gun went and we were off. Unfortunately I didn’t catch any feet, but there were quite a few people beside and just behind me, so I figured I wasn’t swimming too badly. I came out of the water and discovered I was about a 1:15 back to Beals, and about 50s to Bolton. I went to work hard on the bike. I have never been first off the bike in an MSC Triathlon, so I used this thought as motivation. By halfway through the bike I was about 20s down on Beals. I kept working hard and entered the lead around 15k. It was very satisfying to finally be first off the bike in this series. For those interested, here is the data:
On the run I put out a good effort from start to finish. It was tough footing. I used to love trail / off-road running, but after a few bad ankle sprains, I have come to prefer the road. That being said, I was putting a lot of concentration on trying not to roll my ankle. I ended up running 16:24. I felt like I was running faster than this, but perhaps the race six days prior was still in my legs. Don’t believe that the footing was tough? Here’s what I looked like right after the race:
Overall, it was a great race and was fun to catch up with Cody and Andrew afterwards. I should mention that not long after finishing I made sure to “recharge with milk!”
This coming weekend I will be participating in the inaugural Barrelman triathlon in Welland / Niagara Falls. It’s going to be an awesome event, so if you’re looking for a late season half-distance triathlon, I really encourage you to come out. I believe there are already around 600 people signed up, so there should be some great competition, as well as a ton of spectators.
I am writing this on “Ironman Day” a little while after a 4 hour bike, and about 1.5 hours out from a 23.5 mile fartlek run. I am enjoying the transition to Ironman training very much, and will update on this in a few days. Thanks for reading!!